Ireland - The Grand Tour
June 17- 30, 2022 (14 Days)
Special pricing until January 14, 2022
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Roundtrip airfare ABQ to Shannon (not including airline baggage fees or in -flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
12 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
12 breakfasts, 1 High tea, 5 dinners
Admission to all listed attractions
Sightseeing as listed
Your Professional European Tour Guide
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
$5,495 Double Occupancy, per person
SPECIAL PRICING - $5,195 when deposit received by January 14, 2022 and all payments made by cash or check
$6,395 Single occupancy
SPECIAL PRICING - $6,095 when deposit received by January 14, 2022 and all payments made by cash or check
DEPOSIT: $250 per person (Note: this deposit is non-refundable; travel protection is encouraged)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: January 7, 2022
$250 through March 1, 2022
$3,200 - March 2 - May 11, 2022
100% after May 11, 2022
Céad mile fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes! Experience all the culture, scenery, and living history of this favorite destination. We start in Shannon/Limerick and make a complete circle of the island. Major cities Belfast and Dublin yield their rich history and culture. We explore remote sites of extraordinary beauty, family farms, castles, and pubs. The cliffs of Moher, Waterford Crystal, the Ring of Kerry … it’s Éirinn go Brách – Ireland until eternity.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
We depart from the Sunport on our flight, and arrive in Shannon.
DAY 2 D
After checking into our hotel, there is free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel’s leisure amenities or explore the city. This evening, we meet our Globus Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at our hotel.
DAY 3 B, D
We drive to the Cliffs Of Moher, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, and savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Next, a special treat: at Rathbaun Farm, we will watch the farmer shear a sheep. On to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Call at the Joyce family’s marble workshop before spending the night at Clifden, a small fishing town in the far west.
DAY 4 B, D
Kylemore Abbey is our first stop this morning, the massive castle acquired by Benedictine nuns. We see the restored house, church, and gardens. Pause at Westport before continuing to Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw apparitions. Overnight is in Bundoran, the popular seaside resort in County Donegal. Before dinner, there’s the option to join an excursion to a local pub.
DAY 5 B
A rich string of Northern Ireland attractions awaits us today. First, visit the Belleek Pottery factory, renowned for its exquisite cream-colored Parian china. In Derry, walk the city walls in the company of a local guide, and after lunch, pass Dunluce Castle before visiting the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway. Hear how millions of years ago, the earth cracked open, lava forced its way out, and as it cooled slowly and evenly, more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Spend the next two nights in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.
DAY 6 B, High Tea
This morning’s “Living History” tour in the company of a local guide will take us past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Then, visit the fascinating Titanic Experience and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. In the afternoon, we join our guide for a tour of Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and home of the Secretary of State. Afterwards, we enjoy AFTERNOON TEA in one of the elegant State Rooms with views overlooking the glorious grounds and gardens.
DAY 7 B
Drive in the lee of the Mountains of Mourne back into the Irish Republic, and at Bru na Boinne (Palace of the Boyne), visit Knowth. One of the world’s most important archaeological landscapes, our guide explains the fascinating passage-grave dating from the Bronze Age. We drive to Dublin for a two-night stay, and an optional dinner and show.
DAY 8 B
An orientation drive in the “Fair City” (Dublin) includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for us to enjoy this vibrant city. An optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse completes the day.
DAY 9 B, D
Vistas of the Wicklow Mountains unfold as we head for a special visit to Ballyknocken House, a typical Irish family-run farm guesthouse. Our host will present an entertaining BAKING DEMONSTRATION, and then serve coffee and scones fresh from the oven. Travel on to the pretty county town of Kilkenny, then to Waterford for a guided tour of the House Of Waterford Crystal. You may also want to join an optional excursion to a local pub. After dinner at our hotel, enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration.
DAY 10 B
The first of the day’s highlights is an entertaining walk through Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, in the company of a local guide. Then, visit Blarney Castle, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. We overnight in Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city. An optional suggestion would be a visit to Cobh’s Queenstown Story, which tells of the transatlantic liner route between Liverpool and North America and last port of call for the Titanic.
DAY 11 B
This morning, we board a private boat for the short crossing to Garinish Island in Bantry Bay, whose warm waters attract colonies of seals. Follow the winding paths between the strong-scented flowering trees and shrubs of this lush tropical island garden. Then, head over the mountains into County Kerry. At Kenmare, join part of the Ring Of Kerry and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort of Killarney. Spend two nights in the charming resort town of Killarney.
DAY 12 B, D
Enjoy panoramic views on Dingle Peninsula on the way to the Blasket Islands Centre. Learn about the way of life and unique literary achievements on the string of remote offshore islands evacuated by the last inhabitants in 1953. Visit Dingle, then return to Killarney.
DAY 13 B
A final morning at leisure in Killarney with time for an optional excursion by horse-drawn jaunting car. In the afternoon, drive via quaint Adare, renowned for its pretty thatched cottages, to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: attend an optional banquet at Bunratty Castle.
DAY 14 B
After a hearty Irish breakfast, we board our waiting plane, say slán leat to the Emerald Isle, and fly back to Albuquerque.
Itinerary subject to change